Do you know? Sikkim has 11 official languages. Not one, not two but 11. So let us know more about the Tourist places and the culture and beauty of the state Sikkim in northeast India and its.
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So in this blog, I will tell you about some beautiful Tourist places in Sikkim
It is worth saying that the most beautiful Hill station in northeast India is Gangtok. It is the largest city of Indian state Sikkim. Gangtok is situated at 5410 ft (1650 m) from the sea level. It is said that Gangtok is the best Tourist places in Sikkim.
In Gangtok, there is a cool climate because it is located in the eastern Himalayan range with a very cold temperature. Gangtok looks more beautiful in the winter seasons because of the snowfall. It is said that Gangtok is the tourist centre of the Sikkim Tourism Industry.
Gangtok is the cleanest city of northeast India with an average literacy rate of 89.33 per cent. If you ever visit in Sikkim, Gangtok and you miss the Ropeway ride, then you have missed the best and awesome view of Gangtok.
The 1km or Ropeway is of 7 min, and in this 7 min you will get the best view of Gangtok, and if the climate is clear, you will also see the view of Kanchenjunga.
MG Marg means Mahatma Gandhi Marg is the most important street of here and vehicles are banned in this street. In MG Marg Food and Cultural festivals are held every year. MG Marg is also famous for shopping and hotels. Peoples of here share their personal car to the tourist.
Famous in Gangtok
The most popular food of Gangtok is Momo. Football cricket end archery is the most popular sports in Gangtok. The Gangtok Paljor Stadium is a football stadium, and it has a seating capacity of 30,000, it means 30,000 peoples can enjoy the Football match as well as the nature of the Gangtok.
International Flower Festival is also organised in Gangtok in the month of March. The tourist comes from all over the world.
I made a big mistake that I planned a 2 days trip to Gangtok you don’t make the same mistake that I did, If you are visiting Gangtok plan at least 6 7 days trip otherwise, you will miss some awesome places.
International Indo-China border
The International Indo-China border is a must-visit place in Gangtok. It requires a permit to visit there and the permit can be obtained easily in Gangtok. The foreigners are not allowed only the Indians with the permit are allowed to visit here. Here you can see the Chinese soldiers as well as the trucks passing from India to China. Tsongmo Lake is also visible on the way to the International Indo-China border.
Best Time to Visit Gangtok
October to mid-December and March to May are the best months to visit Gangtok. In January and February, the snow falls and the temperature remains very low if you love and want to see snowfall you can visit in this month also. If you are visiting Gangtok for sightseeing, honeymoon, adventures and relaxation the summer can be the best time for you. So make your plan according to your choice. However, you can visit the Tourist places in Sikkim in any month of the year.
Some beautiful and worldwide popular things you should definitely buy are
- Canvas paintings
- wall hangings
- handicrafts and Tibetan carpets
- Hand-woven jackets
- Sikkim tea
- Black cardamom
- Hand-carved wooden tables.
Famous places in Gangtok
- MG Marg
- Nathu La Pass
- Tsongmo Lake
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
- Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple
- Reshi Hot Springs
Zuluk is also known as Dzuluk a small village in East Sikkim. It is at 10,000 ft above sea level. Zuluk is a famous place for the tourist because of the view of the amazing Himalayan. Zuluk is also the most visited place among the Tourist places in Sikkim
You can see the Army jawans, jeeps and tents, the Army base is near Zuluk. Zuluk is a restricted area of East Sikkim, it requires a permit from the officials. A special permit is required to visit Zuluk, the permit can be made from a place called Rangli or it can also be made in Gangtok.
If you want the permit then you have to submit the following documents Passport or Voter ID card (for adults) Passport or Birth Certificate (for children below 18) along with one photo ID card (School ID or Aadhar Card) At Least 4 passport size photographs Photocopies of all the above mentioned.
Thambi View Point
The Thambi View Point is at 112000 feet. Thambi View Point is the most visited place around Zuluk. There are 32 zig-zag roads to visit the Thambi View Point. The sunrise is the most beautiful; the sun rises from the heart of mighty Mountain Kanchenjunga.
Kupup Lake is located at 14,000 ft from the sea level. It is also known as the Elephant Lake because the shape of the lake is like an elephant. There is also a Yak Golf Course nearby, it is the highest golf course in the world. Every year a water polo game is organised and it is the grand event in that area.
Lungthung is around 4km from Zuluk. It is a glossy green tea estate with rugged mountain edges. Most of the people here are those who escaped from Tibet if you want to listen to the stories of the people who stay and have a cup of tea with the people and enjoy the green glossy mountains. If you are hungry then you can have your lunch here.
Tukla is also known as the Battle of Tukla, which is 4km from Lungthung. Here in 1903, a British Army force of Lt. Col Francis Younghusband attacked. Many Tibetan soldiers died here. That’s why it is a memorable place and people pay tribute to the soldiers.
Menmecho Lake is about 1-hour drive from Zuluk. The lake is in between the mountains of Jeep la. There is a house beside the lake where you can spend a night.
Keep in mind
Carry some woollen clothes because it is very cold here. Please carry water bottles because there is no shop in that area. If you have any problem then carry the medicines of your own there is no pharmacy shops here.
Carry enough money because there is no ATM and no card payments. Data connectivity is very poor so you can carry two sim cards with different service providers to have more options. Do not trust locals with advice or with any kind of business transactions.
If you have breathing issues, try and not stay in Gnathang Valley. Do not expect modern facilities. Beware leeches and other insects, especially in Pine forested areas.
Some interesting facts about Sikkim
Baba Harbhajan Singh This Temple is built to honour an Indian soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh It is believed that his spirit still guards the Indian Border in the region.
Sikkim has 11 official languages. Not one, not two but 11.
Sikkim is Indian’s first organic state with around 75000 hectares of agricultural land dedicated to organic farming.
Sikkim is the second-largest producer of Cardamom in the world after Guatemala
Majority of the Sikkim population is Nepali by Ethnicity.
It is held annually to predict the future of Sikkim. A small pot with water inside is opened reciting mantras, the increase or decrease in the level of water is used to make the prediction.
Sikkim was an independent country until May 1975, when it was annexed by the Indian army and merged with the union of India.
Khangchendzonga National Park has been termed as India’s first mixed world heritage site by UNESCO. It is home to 18 glaciers, lakes, mountain peaks, waterfalls, 18 sub-forest types, 124 species of mammals and 300 species of birds.
Styrofoam products and plastic water bottles are banned in Sikkim.
Sikkim borders with only West Bengal in India. It has an international border on the remaining sides by Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west and china in the north.
You know here a flowering plant found in the Himalayas and mostly in Sikkim. It can grow up to 2 meters in height.
Sikkim is home to world’s largest mountain peak, Mount Kanchenjunga. The main mount which lies on the border of North Sikkim is 8,586 meters in height.
It has many hot springs known for their medicinal properties, most important ones are Reshi, Yumthang and Ralang.
Sikkim is India’S first and only open defecation free state.
It is India’s least populated state with a population of 610557 inhabitants according to 2011 census.
Sikkim has a special seat called, ‘SANGHA’ in Sikkim legislative assembly to look into the ecclesiastical affairs of the state
It has a 108-foot tall statue of Lord Shiva, 18 feet statue of Shive in hunter avatar and has a replica of 12 jyotirlingas spread around it and models of Chardham temples.
With almost 35 varieties of rhododendron found in the state, Sikkim is home to rhododendron forests along the Himalayan valley.
Source : Scroll Droll
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I think Sikkim can be the next trip for you, Sikkim has too many places to visit the Culture and the beauty of the place is awesome. If you have enough money then this trip can be the most memorable trip for you, Sikkim is a low-temperature place so summer can be a good time for you.
Frequently asked Questions
October to mid-December and March to May are the best months to visit Gangtok. In January and February, the snow falls and the temperature remains very low if you love and want to see snowfall you can visit in this month also.
If you are visiting Sikkim for sightseeing, honeymoon, adventures and relaxation the summer can be the best time for you. So make your plan according to your choice.
Sikkim is famous for its beauty and Buddhism. There are beautiful lakes, roads, villages which makes it more beautiful. Some beautiful and worldwide popular things you should definitely buy are
handicrafts and Tibetan carpets